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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at CHICAGO

Wednesday, 03.17.2004 / 10:26 AM / News
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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at CHICAGO
CAROLINA HURRICANES (24-30-13-5, 66 pts., 4th Southeast Division)
at
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS (19-37-9-6, 53 pts., 4th Central Division)
Wednesday, March 17, 8:30 p.m., United Center, Chicago

ON THE AIR
Television: Fox Sports Net (NC & SC)
Radio: WKIX 102.3 FM (Goldsboro); WKXU 101.1 FM (Raleigh); WDTF 570 AM (Raleigh); WMFD 630 AM (Wilmington); WSJS 600 AM (Winston-Salem); WNMX 106.1 FM (Charlotte)
Internet: www.nhl.com

GAME NIGHT
The Carolina Hurricanes continue their five-game road swing on Wednesday, St. Patrick's Day, at United Center with their lone 2003-04 meeting with the Chicago Blackhawks. Carolina has earned at least one point in each of its last eight road games (2/23-3/15: 5-0-1-2), including wins in three of the last four road games (3/5-3/15: 3-0-0-1). The Hurricanes opened their current five-game road trip with a 5-1 win at Tampa Bay on March 13, but suffered a 1-0 overtime loss at Atlanta on March 15.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE

March 17 Wednesday United Center 11:30 a.m.
March 18 Thursday Mellon Arena noon
March 19 Friday Mellon Arena 11:30 a.m.
March 20 Saturday Corel Centre 11:30 a.m.
March 21 Sunday RecZone TBD
March 22 Monday RBC Center 11 a.m.
March 23 Tuesday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
March 24 Wednesday RBC Center 11 a.m.
March 25 Thursday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
March 26 Friday RecZone 11 a.m.
March 27 Saturday Nassau Coliseum 11:30 a.m.

CAROLINA NOTES
Wednesday's game will mark the seventh time in franchise history that the team has played on St. Patrick's Day, a date on which the Hurricanes now look their change their luck. Since joining the NHL for the 1979-80 season, the franchise has gone 1-5-0-0 in six March 17 contests (1984: 4-2 loss vs. PIT; 1985: 4-3 win vs. PIT; 1990: 5-4 loss at CGY; 1991: 6-1 loss at BUF; 1994: 4-1 loss at QUE; 2000: 4-2 loss at WSH).

MILESTONE WATCH
Hurricanes centerman and alternate captain Rod Brind'Amour will play in his 1,100th NHL game with his next game played. He will become the 114th player in NHL history to play in 1,100 or more games, and the 10th player to cross that milestone in 2003-04, joining Teppo Numinen, Mike Keane, Cliff Ronning, Mark Recchi, Trevor Linden, Joe Sakic, Brian Leetch, Jeremy Roenick and Scott Young. Brind'Amour played his 300th game with the Hurricanes on Feb. 28 at Montreal and the 33-year-old is now just one point shy of 900 NHL points, and 12 points shy of 200 points with Carolina.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 12-15-8-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 12-15-5-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 38-of-341 (11.1%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 264-of-320 (82.5%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Winger Pavel Brendl, fractured collarbone, 2/23 @ TOR, expected to miss 4-6 weeks, missed 11 games (2/25-3/15)
Winger Jeff O'Neill, right shoulder surgery, 3/12, missed five games (3/8-3/15)
Forward Marty Murray, fractured left hand, expected to miss four weekes, missed four games (3/10-3/15)
Defenseman Bruno St. Jacques, abdominal strain, day-to-day, missed two gamess (3/13-3/15)

AGAINST THE CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
The Hurricanes and the Blackhawks will meet Wednesday night at United Center in the teams' only meeting this season. The Hurricanes are unbeaten in their last five games against Chicago (4-0-1-0), with the Blackhawks' last win coming on April 3, 1999 in Chicago (2-1). Last season, the teams skated to a 3-3 tie at the RBC Center on Oct. 26. Rod Brind'Amour (1g, 1a) and Sean Hill (0g, 2a) led the Hurricanes in last season's meeting with two points each. Steve Thomas (0g, 2a) led the Blackhawks in last year's contest with two points. The Hurricanes post a 23-28-7-0 all-time record against Chicago, including a 14-12-4-0 home mark, and a 9-16-3-0 record in the windy city.

2003-04 SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
GP G A TP
26 Cole 71 16 21 37
11 Williams 70 11 26 37
63 Vasicek 72 16 20 36
92 O'Neill 67 14 20 34
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 4 1.97 2-1-1 .911
80 Weekes 60 2.21 22-26-10 .915
BLACKHAWKS
GP G A TP
39 Arnason 71 17 29 46
28 Bell 71 19 22 41
4 Berard 47 13 28 41
19 Calder 66 21 18 39
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
30 Munro 4 3.20 1-2-1 .895
49 Leighton 30 3.07 5-17-6 .891

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